Eating Disorders Information
An Overview of Eating Disorders
An eating disorder is a broad term used to describe problematic eating habits that typically result in malnutrition and either excessive weight loss or gain depending upon the specific form. While eating disorders have physical impacts and consequences for affected individuals, the underlying causes are typically psychological and emotional in nature.
There are a number of specific eating disorders with varying characteristics, causes, and symptoms; however, not all eating disorders are recognized as specific psychological disorders by medical manuals. The most common eating disorders are:
- Anorexia Nervosa (AN), known more simply as Anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by constant and obsessive monitoring of food and weight with an especially strong fear of weight gain.